The Brady Bunch – Then And Now

The Brady Bunch is an American sitcom created by Sherwood Schwartz that aired from September 26, 1969, to March 8, 1974, on ABC. The series revolves around a large blended family with six children. Considered one of the last of the old-style family sitcoms, the series aired for five seasons and, after its cancellation in 1974, went into syndication in September 1975. (wikipedia)

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Susan Olsen (Cindy) made her first scripted TV appearance in more than 10 years on the soap opera “The Young and the Restless,” playing a pre-school owner. The recent “Brady, Brady, Brady” book ends speculation that the youngest girl in the bunch was directed to affect a lisp to boost her cuteness quotient. “The lisp was real,” wrote author/casting agent Sherwood Schwartz, who said Olsen landed the role after she told him about her recent work on “Gunthmoke,” which included riding a “horth” and seeing a “thnake.”

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A “Brady Bunch” tell-all revealed how Mike Lookinland (Bobby) wound up on the dark-haired Brady boys team. The casting-agent-turned-author explained that he wanted the boys to have the same color hair as the father. Once brunette Bob Reed was chosen to play the patriarch, the die – or, in this case, dye — was cast. Brunette boys were hired to play the two older brothers. Six-year-old Lookinland was clearly the best actor of the youngest boys – despite his flaxen locks — so he was hired and his hair was darkened.

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It was Eve Plumb’s (Jan) beauty that convinced casting agents to overlook her touchy personality and assign her the role of the cerebral sibling typically at war with her old, more popular sister Marcia (Maureen McCormick). “She was very pretty but sounded like she could easily be provoked,” according to “Brady, Brady, Brady: The Complete Story of the Brady Bunch as Told by the Father/Son Team who Really Know.” Today Plumb denies speculation that a rift with McCormick caused the last-minute cancellation of a morning show reunion of castmates this spring. She downplayed rumors that she continually avoids events that McCormick attends because she is still angry that McCormick tried to increase sales of her memoir by implying there had once been some sexual attraction between them.

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According to “Brady, Brady, Brady: The Complete Story of the Brady Bunch as Told by the Father/Son Team who Really Know,” back when he was a teen idol, Barry Williams was taken on a multi-city fan tour and attracted attention from “attractive flight attendants who weren’t bothered by how young he was,” according to author Sherwood Schwartz. He said he left Williams overnight with a stewardess and the next morning “his eyes were as big as Frisbees.”

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Every teenager’s fantasy on TV as Marcia Brady, Maureen McCormick grew up to live any adult’s nightmare: drug addiction, depression, a failed marriage and an eating disorder, all of which she discussed in her memoir “Here’s the Story.” She appeared on “Celebrity Fit Club” and lost 30 pounds. But when she left the show she quickly gained back the weight, reaching her all-time heaviest at 161 pounds last summer. A new devotion to diet and exercise has helped McCormick, now 54, lose 50 pounds.

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Carol Brady (Florence Henderson), is seen here with her three daughters, from left: Jan (Eve Plumb), Cindy (Susan Olsen) and Marcia (Maureen McCormick).

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The Brady Bunch’s success in syndication led to several television reunion films and spin-off series: The Brady Bunch Hour (1976–77), The Brady Girls Get Married (1981), The Brady Brides (1981), A Very Brady Christmas (1988), and The Bradys (1990). In 1995, the series was adapted into a satirical comedy theatrical film titled The Brady Bunch Movie, followed by A Very Brady Sequel in 1996. A second sequel, The Brady Bunch in the White House, aired on Fox in November 2002 as a made-for-television film(wikipedia)

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Mike Brady (Robert Reed) and Carol Brady (Florence Henderson) seen with, from left: Greg (Barry Williams), Jan (Eve Plumb), Cindy (Susan Olsen), Marcia (Maureen McCormack), Bobby (Mike Lookinland) and Peter (Christopher Knight). Ann B. Davis (fourth from right) played the family’s housekeeper Alice.

 

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‘Little House On The Prairie’ – Secrets The Producers Kept From Fans

The Little House on the Prairie warmed the hearts of the nation with both the book and TV series.

The show debuted in 1974 and despite it ending over 30 years ago, it’s still much loved to this day by a wide range of audiences.

Whilst you may think you know everything about the TV drama, there are some behind the scenes secrets that the cast and producers tried to keep from fans.

 

1. Alison Arngrim’s Broken Arm Was Real In The ‘Bunny’ Scene

Alison had a real cast on in the episode after having a skateboarding accident in real life and breaking her wrist.

2. Heavy Beer Drinkers

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Both the camera and off-screen crew were known to get through two cases of Coors a day whilst filming.

3. Alison Arngim Almost Passed Out On Set

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The actress, who played Nellie Oleson, passed out on set once due to the extreme heat. The women wore 1800 style dresses and costumes including petticoats, bonnets and stockings. The temperatures would rise to as high as 100 at the California set causing Alison to faint.

4. Michael Landon Wasn’t Afraid To Show Off His Body

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Michael, or Charles Ingalls as we knew him on the show, was more than happy to do the shirtless scenes. He also reportedly used to wear no underwear under those extremely tight trousers.

5. Melissa Gilbert Was Only 15 Years-Old When She Had To Kiss Co-Star Dean Butler

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Melissa played the part of Laura Ingalls in the hit show who married Almanzo Wilder (Dean Butler) – but she was just 15-years old at the time. She was extremely nervous when it came to the kissing scene, with it only being her third ever kiss! After the scene she asked producers if the affection between the characters could be kept to mainly hugs and kisses on the cheek.

6. Alison Arngrim & Steve Tracy Would Make Out On Purpose To Gross Melissa Gilbert Out

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The young teen actress would hate seeing the older actors openly kiss on set, so the pair would do it even more to wind her up.

7. Rachel And Sidney Bush Were Only 3-Years Old When They Played Carrie Ingalls

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The identical twins played the role of Carrie perfectly. Due to the law, the director had to swap the twins around every three hours to give them a rest, calling for a ‘fresh’ twin before scenes.

8. Carrie’s Fall In The Opening Credits Wasn’t Supposed To Happen

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The twin who played Carrie Ingalls trips and falls during the opening credits whilst running down a hill – but it was actually an accident. The director thought it shown the toddler in a cute light so kept it in.

9. The Food Was Dirty Moore Beef Stew

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In any of the scenes where the family are having dinner, the food was actually just dirty moore beef stew. For all but one occasion when Ma cooked fried chicken, which of course was KFC.

10. Melissa Gilbert Ended Her Friendship With Michael Landon After His Divorce

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The actress became close with Landon’s real-life wife and kids whilst filming the series. The actor’s affair with the make up artist became public, causing Melissa to distance herself from him and remain loyal to his wife.

11. Landon Wore Four Inch Lifts Inside His Boots

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The actor didn’t want anyone else to rise above him on set and wanted to appear taller. He can thank his special boots for the swagger he had on screen.

12. The Simi Valley Ranch Set Was Contaminated With Radioactive Waste

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It was reported that the set at the Big Sky Ranch was used for people to dispose of radioactive materials – was this to blame for the high cancer rates in the cast and crew?

13. Nellie Oleson & Laura Ingalls Were BFFs

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They were enemies on-screen, but in real life actresses Melissa and Alison were the best of friends and often had sleepovers.

14. Sean Penn Got His Breakthrough Role On The Show

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Penn was just 13-years old when he made his debut on the Little House on the Prairie. He appeared in the episode ‘The Voice of Tinker Jones’ being cast by his dad.

15. Landon Dyed His Hair For The Role

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Michael Landon took to the hair dye for his role as Charles. The actor went grey in his early 20s so starting dying it early on. He let the professionals step in and help with his hair colour in the Little House on the Prairie. It was said it would turn to a lavender colour after being in the California sun.

16. Michael Landon Asked Karen Grassle To Change Her Name

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When the actress auditioned, Landon asked Karen to change her name back to Karen Grassle. She was going under her stage name Gabriel Tree at the time.

17. Melissa Sue Anderson’s Mom Was Overprotective On Set

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Melissa’s mother was worried about her whilst she was filming, causing the young actress to not really make any friends on set. She played the part of Mary Ingalls.

18. People Didn’t Believe Melissa Gilbert & Dean Butler Had Believable Chemistry

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Melissa’s awkwardness made the chemistry between the on-screen couple unbelievable with the stars often being told to make more effort.

19. Nellie Achieved Her Curls Through An Old Fashioned Curling Iron

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The old fashion curling irons were used to ‘torturously’ style Alison’s hair and give her character Nellie the curls she needed.

20. But They Soon Changed It To A Wig

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They wanted to give Alison the perfect curls so swapped the iron for a wig. This actually made the actress’s scalp bleed as it held on with metal combs and pins.

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Family Dinner Conversation – How Many Types Of Boobs Are There?

When the family get together around the dinner table, you just never know what the topic of conversation will be.  LOLOL

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A family is at the dinner table.  The son asks his Father, “Dad, how many kinds of boobs are there?”

The Father, surprised, answers, “Well son, there are three kinds of boobs:

In her 20’s, a woman’s boobs are like melons, round and firm.

In her 30’s to 40’s, they are like pears, still nice but hanging a bit.

After 60 they are like onions.”

‘Onions?’ his son questioned.

“Yes, you see them and they make you want to cry”.

This infuriated his wife and daughter, so the daughter asked her own question.

‘Mom, how many kinds of willies are there?’

The Mother, surprised, smiles and answers; “Well dear, A man goes through three phases:

In his 20’s, his willy is like an oak tree, mighty and hard.

In his 30’s and 40’s, it is like a birch, flexible but reliable.

After his 60’s, it is like a Christmas tree.”

‘A Christmas tree?’  the daughter asked.

“YES,  the tree is dead and the balls are just for decoration.”

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Spiders So Cute They May Cure Your Arachnophobia

Spiders like these really are cute and might just cure your arachnophobia.

 

Be introduced to the cutest spiders on planet Earth, the Jumping Spiders.

They are part of the Salticidae arachnid family.

They are extremely cute as babies.

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They are also harmless and have over 4,000 species all over this wonderful world.

And are still extremely cute all grown up.

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They even like to accessorize with cool dew hats.

They have super suave moments that hypnotize you.

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That’s if you weren’t already hypnotized by their cute-as-a-button eyes.

And look, they look super cool playing the drums! Ram-pumpum-pum.

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These spiders are known to be extremely agile, so for them to play instruments would kinda make sense.

Look how they move their small adorable claws.

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Most can be found in tropical areas, but they also live in cold regions like the Himalayas.

Some are also very colorful and beautiful.

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Like this Peacock Jumping spider, which loves to show its true colors.

This poor little crawler is more scared of you than you are of him.

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And their family portraits are the best.

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These friendly spiders also reside in North America. There are 300 known species on this continent.

Hello! Don’t fear me, please!

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I hope your arachnophobia has been cured…

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Source: buzzfeed